Saturday, September 13, 2008

Why politicians can't complain about our intrusions into their lives

It may be about USA life, but this from Cafe Hayek crosses the pond very nicely:


Don Boudreaux

Here's a letter that I sent today to the Wall Street Journal:

David Perel offers good reasons why today "Everything About Politicians Is Fair Game" (September 11, 2008).

But Mr. Perel overlooks what is surely the fundamental reason: tit-for-tat. Because everything about private citizens has become fair game for politicians - everything from our retirement planning to what we ingest and even to the sizes of our toilet tanks - it is not surprising that citizens eagerly pry into the intimate lives of politicians.

Those who raise busy-bodyness into a chief motive-force of public policy can hardly complain when their officious Frankenstein monster turns on them.

Donald J. Boudreaux

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